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KEZK-FM
1025 KEZK 2015.png
City of license St. Louis, Missouri
Broadcast area Greater St. Louis
Branding 102.5 KEZK
Slogan Today's Hits, Yesterday's Favorites
Frequency 102.5 MHz FM (also on HD Radio) 102.5-2 FM Contemporary Christian "The Spirit"
102.5-3 FM News/Talk (KMOX simulcast)
First air date 1972
Format Adult Contemporary
ERP 100,000 watts
HAAT 309 meters
Class C0
Facility ID 13507
Transmitter coordinates 38°34′24″N 90°19′30″W / 38.57333°N 90.32500°W / 38.57333; -90.32500Coordinates: 38°34′24″N 90°19′30″W / 38.57333°N 90.32500°W / 38.57333; -90.32500
Owner CBS Radio
(CBS Radio Stations Inc.)
Sister stations KMOX, KYKY
Webcast Listen Live
Website KEZK.cbslocal.com

KEZK-FM (102.5 FM, "102.5 KEZK") is an adult contemporary formatted radio station licensed to St. Louis, Missouri. The station serves the city of St. Louis as well as its suburbs in Missouri and Illinois. The station is owned by CBS Radio.[1] The station is also broadcast on HD radio.[2] The station's studios are in downtown St. Louis on Olive Street, while its transmitter is located in Shrewsbury.

KEZK's HD2 subchannel broadcasts The Spirit, a contemporary Christian music format which includes faith-based music from mainstream artists along with artists from the contemporary Christian genre. The Spirit is also available online on the station's website. The Spirit is programmed by longtime on-air personality Stel Pontikes[who?].

History[edit]

KEZK's last logo as "Soft Rock 102.5", used until December 2010.

KEZK first went on-the-air as an easy-listening music station owned by Heftel Broadcasting in 1972. Prior to that, the frequency had been occupied by listener-supported KDNA, later reincarnated as KDHX at 88.1 MHz. In 1991, KEZK shifted from the instrumental-based easy listening format to a soft adult contemporary format, playing music mostly from the 1970s and 1980s as well as some current soft hits.

Jeff Kapugi became KEZK's Program Director in November 2010, replacing Mark Edwards.[3]

On December 27, 2010, the station rebranded from "Soft Rock 102.5 KEZK" to "Fresh 102.5",[4] adopting the brand used on sister CBS stations WWFS New York, WCFS-FM Chicago and WIAD Washington, D.C.. However, while those three stations had playlists more closely resembling hot adult contemporary stations, KEZK continued to feature '70s artists such as Billy Joel and Chicago,[4] indicating the name "Fresh" was more of a rebranding than a format change; sister station KYKY already features Hot AC format.

KEZK's logo as "Fresh 102.5", 2010-2015

On Tuesday, May 26, 2015, at 7:05 AM, after stunting that weekend with '80s music (ending with "Kokomo" by The Beach Boys), KEZK dropped the "Fresh" handle, rebranding as "102.5 KEZK, Today's Hits and Yesterday's Favorites." The first song on 102.5 KEZK was "P.Y.T." by Michael Jackson. [5] While many AC stations have moved more contemporary, KEZK continues to play artists from the 1980s, such Michael Jackson, Billy Joel and Hall & Oates. The station features an all-80s lunch hour and runs occasional 80s weekends.

Awards[edit]

In 2007, the station was nominated for the top 25 markets Adult Contemporary station of the year award by Radio & Records magazine. Other nominees included WMJX in Boston, KOST in Los Angeles, WALK-FM in Nassau, New York, WLTW in New York, and WBEB in Philadelphia.[6]

Programming[edit]

The morning show features Vic Porcelli with traffic from Sue Thomas (5-9am). Other on-air hosts include Trish Gazall (middays 9-2pm), Greg Hewitt with traffic from Sue Thomas (afternoons 2-7pm), and Stel Pontikes (12am-5am). Weekends include Elaine Everett, Jackie McCoy, Curt Allen, and Sabrina. KEZK airs the syndicated John Tesh radio show on Sunday mornings from 7-10am. KEZK had aired the syndicated Delilah 7pm-12am nightly until May 2012, when the station discontinued the program.

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STLtoday.com

STLtoday.com
Mon, 13 Jul 2015 15:41:15 -0700

Porcelli, who had been the 5-10 a.m morning-drive host at KEZK-FM 102.5, was told Monday morning about the move. KEZK station manager John Sheehan and program director Marty Linck did not return phone calls. Greg Hewitt, who had been the 3-7 p.m. ...

Radio Ink

Radio Ink
Fri, 22 May 2015 14:33:45 -0700

On Friday morning, KEZK-FM/St. Louis dropped its normal AC format and its branding as Fresh 102.5. For the remainder of the Memorial Day Weekend, the station is stunting by playing all 80s music. On Tuesday morning at 7:05am, KEZK will reveal its new ...
 
St.Louis Review
Thu, 15 Nov 2012 16:31:13 -0800

One sure sign of the holiday season in St. Louis is Christmas carols on the radio. This year the Archdiocese of St. Louis is sponsoring the annual six-week programming of carols on KEZK-FM 102.5. Archbishop Robert J. Carlson explained, "In support of ...

STLtoday.com

STLtoday.com
Mon, 05 Jan 2015 09:08:02 -0800

Ed Goodman, whose baritone boomed on St. Louis radio for five decades, died Friday from cancer. Goodman began on local radio with KSHE and other stations in the 1970s and 1980s, and then began an 18-year stint at KEZK in 1992. Goodman also was a ...
 
STLtoday.com
Wed, 18 Apr 2012 12:24:10 -0700

CARNEY'S OUT • After 15 months on the air at KEZK (102.5 FM), John Carney broadcast his last show today. "I did the show this morning and went into a meeting and that was that," Carney said in a phone interview today. "It was not ugly — I wish them ...
 
Radio & Television Business Report
Thu, 18 Sep 2014 12:10:44 -0700

CBS-Radio-Logo Do you have one of those difficult people on your holiday shopping list? You know, the ones who just aren't going to be satisfied with a necktie or costume jewelry of a can of Simonize under the tree. Well, CBS honcho Les Moonves might ...
 
STLtoday.com
Thu, 14 Jun 2012 15:31:00 -0700

KMOX-AM, KEZK-FM and Y98 will move into the Park Pacific, a mixed-use apartment and office building at the corner of Olive St. and Tucker Blvd, according to Market Manager John Sheehan. They will take the entire third floor, about 24,000 square feet ...
 
STLtoday.com
Sun, 17 Jun 2012 22:03:39 -0700

A small item in Friday's newspaper noted that CBS Radio St. Louis is consolidating its three local stations into one building. "KMOX-AM, KEZK-FM and Y98 will move into the Park Pacific, a mixed-use office and condo building at the corner of Olive ...
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